Law panel to discuss privacy, defamation in convention on media law

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Sep 24, 2014 00:51 IST

Contempt of court, defamation, trial by media, privacy and paid news are some of the issues to be discussed threadbare at a consultation on media law organised by the Law Commission this weekend.

Top media personalities, legal luminaries and other important stakeholders will take part in the “Consultation on Media Law” to be held on September 27-28, commission sources said.

The consultation is aimed at soliciting the views of various stakeholders from the industry and the government before the Commission comes out with its report on issues of media law.

The issues to be discussed also include self regulation versus statutory regulation, reporting of court and legislative proceedings, opinion and exit polls and social media, they said, adding there will be an open house session as well.

Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad will inaugurate the event.

Besides, information and broadcasting minister Prakash Javadekar, law commission chairman Justice AP Shah, its member Prof Mool Chand Sharma, National Law University, and Delhi vice chancellor Prof Ranbir Singh will address the inaugural session. Prominent speakers in various sessions include senior journalists N Ram, HK Dua, Vinod Dua and Rajdeep Sardesai, former SC Judge RV Raveendran, former attorney General Soli Sorabjee and senior advocate Rajeev Dhavan.

Earlier, the Commission had issued a consultation paper inviting views on issues relating to media law from various stakeholders. It had also issued a consultation paper on sting operations.

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